The Relationship Between Rest And Writing
It is important to acknowledge the direct correlation between creation and restoration to build a more sustainable relationship with writing.
First, let me make an argument for why you, as an academic writer, are creating. You might think of people who create as artists who paint things or poets who write poems. But as a professor, you are also a creator. You create curriculum, lesson plans, and lectures. You create knowledge, bright, unique knowledge through your research.
A common misconception is that to create more things, we need to spend more time writing and publishing. However, the time spent creating and restoring must be equal in order to be sustainable. The more you restore, the more capacity you have to create.
Work Restoration in Your Summer Plans
Thinking that you will spend eight hours a day writing is unrealistic. This practice is unsustainable, even in the summer when you aren’t teaching. Binge writing will inevitably lead to a breakdown. Instead, you need to schedule restoration time into your summer writing schedule.
Figure out what deliberate rest looks like for you. What are things that restore you? Remember, resting time is not meant for household tasks or doctor appointments that have been on your to-do list for months. I encourage you to sit and list activities that allow your mind and body to rest.
Create More Sustainability In Your Writing & Publishing
Developing a sustainable writing process is the key to breaking a binge-and-bust writing cycle. That starts by improving your relationship with writing throughout the entire year. Integrate writing into your everyday work life instead of relying on the summer to get through your backlogged publication pipeline. Your days add up to your career, so it is crucial to put writing centrally into our work activities Monday through Friday.
Developing a sustainable writing process, learning how to clear your publication pipeline, and prioritizing career goals are all part of the Navigate program. So if you are in academia and struggle with a binge-and-bust writing cycle, sign up for the Navigate waitlist!
“A lot of people in academia are operating on a binge and bust cycle with their academic writing. What that means is that they are saving up all of their writing and trying to get it done over the summer – binging on it – and then of course, what happens is it leads to a bust which means that you’re stressed out and you break down because you’re too tired.”
“You need to build lengthy times for restoration into your summer writing plans. I don’t mean take a week off after finishing grades to paint your bedroom or go to all those doctors appointments you have put off. You have to take actual time off so that means that you have to answer the question: What are the things that restore you?”
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